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Toyo University Selected for MEXT’s “Top Global University Project, Type B (Promoting Globalization)”

Toyo University’s plan has recently been selected for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)’s “Top Global University Project, Type B (Promoting Globalization)” starting in the 2014 academic year.

 Toyo University will receive subsidies for programs to cultivate internationally competent personnel over a 10-year period from the 2014 to the 2023 academic year, and shall aim to become an internationally outstanding university by advancing world-class educational, research and social-contribution activities. In order to enhance Japan’s international competitiveness in the field of higher learning, through this project MEXT is providing key support to top-level universities conducting world-class education and research (Type A) as well as global universities that can spearhead internationalization of higher education in Japan (Type B). These are institutions that are committed to promoting thorough internationalization by building partnerships with leading universities overseas and pursuing internal reform.

A total of 93 universities (55 public universities, 38 private universities) throughout Japan, including Toyo, submitted proposals for Type B (Promoting Globalization). Of these, 24 universities were selected (12 public universities, 12 private universities).


 

TOYO GLOBAL DIAMONDS: Becoming an Asian hub university for global leaders

Toyo University‘s plan is entitled “TOYO GLOBAL DIAMONDS: Becoming an Asian hub university for global leaders.” The objective of this plan is to promote university and educational reform while implementing education that will polish our students––our rough diamonds––and nurture them to become brilliant globally-competent personnel. By cultivating a wide range of talent from the elite to core human resources, we will be able to raise the globalization structure of the university as a whole.

To educate the new elite who will play a leading role on the world stage, we are planning to establish a new faculty, which will pursue an elite education, have international students make up about 30 percent of the students admitted, have all courses taught in English, and make one year of study abroad a requirement for all students. In the existing faculties, educational programs promoting globalization will be introduced. Portfolios will be maintained to understand each individual student’s progress, including their language proficiency and international experiences, to ensure their steady growth.

Toyo University will also take a number of other steps to bolster international competitiveness. Programs that will be more acceptable internationally will be implemented, including a system for international transfer admissions. Global education will be made universally available, to be accessible to all generations. A sustainable educational platform will be built to respond effectively to globalization.

To Realize Our Declaration for the Future

At Toyo University, the three pillars of education are philosophical education, internationalization and career education. In 2012, at a ceremony commemorating the 125th anniversary of the University’s foundation, we adopted a framework for world standards. Included in this framework was a “Declaration for the Future” committing the University to continuous growth.

The plan described above was adopted in the spirit of the Declaration for the Future. This is none other than the reform that will propel Toyo University to meet international standards. Fixing our gaze on the transformed institution that Toyo University will be 10 years from now, we are working hard to reform our university, reform our educational system, and bolster the cultivation of people who can make their mark on the global stage.   

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Declaration for the Future announced at the University’s 125th anniversary ceremony, November 23, 2012

Decision on concept for selection for the “Super Global University Project” starting in the 2014 academic year (MEXT)

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science